Hungary Rejoins EU Vaccine Procurement Scheme

  • 21 Dec 2021 6:32 AM
  • Hungary Around the Clock
Hungary Rejoins EU Vaccine Procurement Scheme
Hungary will continue to participate in the joint EU procurement of Pfizer vaccines even after the children’s vaccine delivery, Portfolio reports.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told a press conference at Thursday’s EU summit that member states are ordering more than 180 million doses of Pfizer/BioNTech Omicron vaccine by exercising the option included in the third procurement contract.

According to Portfolio, Hungary is participating in this order. The Coronavirus Press Centre told Portfolio that "Hungary is currently negotiating with the European Commission on the conditions of the new procurement prompted by the Omicron variant”.

Hungary was the only member state to opt out of the procurement scheme agreed by the EU and Pfizer in May, but in September the government asked to be included again. This was revealed after Hungary ordered Pfizer vaccines for 5-11-year-olds at the end of November.

A new vaccine may be needed for the Omicron variant, which, according to the CEO of BioNTech, is possible in 100 days.

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